Nina got Daisy from the Riverside County Animal Shelter in California.
Nina told BuzzFeed News she wasn’t planning to get a dog on the day she picked up Daisy. She had visited the shelter for work.
“She used to not get along with dogs”, Nina said. “It took eight years of doing behaviour shaping on every walk until she was totally cool with dogs.”
Daisy has a Twitter account with more than 2,000 followers, where she told people to have a good day and to keep positivity (and dogs) in their lives.
Daisy had plenty of defining features. She liked pizza:
4. And was a long-suffering Mets fan.
5. “Daisy had focal seizures that were triggered by bright light,” said Nina. “So I bought her the Doggles and thought if they weren’t helpful or if she hated them, I was only out 15 bucks.”
7. Nina was a writer on Lizzie McGuire, and says she owes her career as a TV writer to stray dogs.
“I found [a stray dog] and took it to the shelter. The woman who ran the volunteer program knew I was a sucker and got me to volunteer. Eventually I met her daughter, who became my friend and mentor and she gave me my first writing job on Lizzie McGuire.”
The woman who gave Nina her first job writing on TV turned out to be the very same woman who paired her up with Daisy.
So, Daisy has had a pretty big role in Nina’s life, as well as everyone who followed her life on Twitter.
8. Today, Nina and husband Will made the incredibly tough choice to let Daisy go.
“More than 13 years ago a girl found a dog with no name in a shelter. The dog had been used as a breeding dog and then had been discarded. The girl took that dog home and named her Daisy,” wrote Nina’s husband, Will, on his blog.
“Three years later I met that girl and Daisy became our dog. For nearly 10 years Daisy has been my best friend. Every day I spent with her was 100% better than a day without her.”
Daisy’s health had been deteriorating for the past six months. “She wasn’t in pain,” wrote Nina, “but going for a walk became going for a stare”.
“The seizures which were initially helped by her awesome sunglasses started getting worse. Will and I carried her up and down the stairs, across the street. We laid pee pads as she became incontinent, and we lit scented candles to cover the smell.”
Ultimately, Nina says it came down to one important thing: joy.
Although Daisy was physically OK and well taken care of, the time came when Nina realised Daisy was anxious, confused and lost.
“She had no joy,” said Nina. “I know that when you choose to have a dog, you’re choosing to have your heart broken.”
“Daisy was my dog. Then she was Will’s dog. Then she was the internet’s dog.”
“She was my heart. Today I chose to break it.”